Lou Collins: Halifax historian Collins dead at 85

Historians in the News

Well-known Halifax historian Lou Collins died Saturday in hospital. He was 85.

Collins was a noted Halifax teacher, historian and leader. He served as an educator for more than 20 years at schools in Halifax and Windsor. He retired in 1983 as principal of Cornwallis Junior High School in Halifax.

"The name Lou Collins is synonymous with heritage preservation in Nova Scotia," Philip Pacey, president of the Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia, said.

A founding member of the Nova Scotia Teachers' Union, past president of the Nova Scotia Camping Association and a longtime Scout leader, Collins was perhaps best-known as the champion of Halifax heritage, fighting to protect historic buildings.

Collins was the first to object to tall buildings obstructing the view of Halifax Harbour from the Halifax Citadel. He was the first chairman of the Halifax Landmarks Commission and a longtime member of the Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia.
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